North Sunderland Parish Council round-up: Cemetery, toilets, plan and precept

The cemetery in North Sunderland.
The cemetery in North Sunderland.

Seasonal restrictions may be the answer to parking issues on Main Street in North Sunderland, near to the cemetery.

A consultation of residents in the area on the introduction of parking restrictions resulted in no clear majority in favour of either single or double yellow lines on a permanent basis.

However, there was a more favourable response to bringing in seasonal restrictions.

Northumberland County Council suggested introducing a single yellow line scheme, which will apply from March 1 to October 31, Monday to Sunday, 8am to 6pm.

Members had previously called for double yellow lines and felt that it would be better if there were no time limit and it applied 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during that peak season.

Coun Alan Trotter said: “If you’re going to do it, you may as well do it properly.”

Inside the cemetery, cast aluminium markers for caskets have been placed on plots, while the chairman reported that the roof of the hut needed to be replaced.

• The chairman, Coun Geoffrey Stewart, had met Louise Hayward, from Northumberland County Council, to discuss the public toilets in the centre of Seahouses. He told members that automatic timelocks are to be installed, with the opening times set to be from 6am until 6pm, which was welcomed by councillors.

• A public drop-in event to discuss the Northumberland Local Plan, or Core Strategy, takes place in Seahouses Sports and Community Centre on Wednesday, November 18, from 2pm to 7pm. As well as information on the pre-submission draft of the countywide plan, there will be boards on the Neighbourhood Plan.

• The parish council voted to keep the precept at £11,000 for 2016/17, but the chairman, Geoffrey Stewart, warned it would need to go up the following year. Coun Sylvia Hillan, who is going to draw up a detailed budget for next year with the clerk, said: “We have done very well to keep it down, but everything’s going up.”

• Coun Tom Orrin is planing to attend meetings in Alnwick and Berwick about bus services in north Northumberland. However, he warned members on Monday night that he may have to miss the second half of the events as there isn’t a late-enough bus to enable him to get home to Seahouses.